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Fritz Szepan

Fritz Szepan sixth from left
Personal information
Full nameFriedrich Szepan
Date of birth2 September 1907
Place of birthGelsenkirchen, Germany
Date of death14 December 1974(age 67)
Playing positionMidfielder, Forward

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Friedrich "Fritz" Szepan (2 September 1907 in Gelsenkirchen 14 December 1974 in Gelsenkirchen) was a German footballer in the period leading up to and including World War II. He spent his entire career with Schalke 04 where he won six national championships and one German Cup. He is commonly regarded as one of the greatest Schalke players of all time. To celebrate the 100th birthday of the club, the supporters voted the Schalker Jahrhundertelf, the "Team of the century": he was included in the midfield. From 1929 to 1938 he played for the German national team which he led as captain in 30 matches and during two World Cups. Usually a highly skilled midfielder, his versatility allowed him to play centre half and as forward.

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